Five sto­ries not to miss

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1 Win­dows Store signs Spo­tify and iTunes

The Win­dows Store has been given a boost with the news that Spo­tify and iTunes are both set to ar­rive in Mi­crosoft’s app store. The an­nounce­ments co­in­cide with the launch of Win­dows 10 S ( see p30).

2 In­tel owns up to cor­po­rate hi­jack threat

In­tel re­vealed a hi­jack­ing flaw that had lurked in its chips for seven years would al­low at­tack­ers to re­motely or lo­cally take con­trol of PCs with­out a pass­word. Ac­cord­ing to In­tel, the au­then­ti­ca­tion by­pass vul­ner­a­bil­ity hit three pieces of firmware – Ac­tive Man­age­ment Tech­nol­ogy, Stan­dard Man­age­abil­ity and Small Busi­ness Tech­nol­ogy – and could im­pact thou­sands of cor­po­rate com­put­ers.

3 BT may rip out more cop­per

BT is open­ing a for­mal con­sul­ta­tion with telco cus­tomers to as­sess a full-fi­bre roll­out to more UK homes. “We could make full-fi­bre con­nec­tions avail­able to ten mil­lion premises by the mid-2020s, but we need to un­der­stand if there’s suf­fi­cient sup­port – across in­dus­try, Of­com and gov­ern­ment – to build a vi­able busi­ness case,” Open­reach said.

4 Net neu­tral­ity back un­der threat

Fed­eral of­fi­cials in the US have be­gun work on tear­ing apart net neu­tral­ity reg­u­la­tions that pre­vent ISPs from cre­at­ing fast lanes for con­tent providers will­ing to pay a premium. Net neu­tral­ity rules, which were put in place af­ter much pub­lic de­bate in 2015, are pop­u­lar with end users but have been re­pealed af­ter pres­sure from broad­band providers, which re­gard priv­i­leged con­tent as a po­ten­tial money spin­ner.

5 Ran­somware at­tack strikes NHS sys­tems

Hack­ers wreaked havoc around the world – and par­tic­u­larly in the NHS – with a ran­somware at­tack called Wan­naCry that locked files and de­manded pay­ment. Re­searchers say that the ma­jor­ity of NHS in­fec­tions tar­geted Win­dows 7 ma­chines, while the at­tacks also high­lighted a wor­ry­ingly large num­ber of XP ma­chines on the health providers’ net­work. Pa­tients saw ap­point­ments post­poned and some were redi­rected to un­af­fected hos­pi­tals.

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